Zoop Presents: The Whistling Skull - Special Edition Hardcover

by Tony Harris, B. Clay Moore, Dave McCaig, Wes Abbot

The definitive edition of this out-of-print classic is here!

Originally released as a JSA Liberty Files six-issue series by DC Comics, the story has now been updated, re-establishing it as it was originally envisioned by the creators.


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Digital copy

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PDF, now expanded to 168 pages!



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8.5 x 11 Hardcover, now expanded to 168 pages!


Signed Hardcover

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8.5 x 11 Hardcover, now expanded to 168 pages! Signed by B. Clay Moore & Tony Harris


Remarqued Hardcover

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8.5 x 11 Hardcover, now expanded to 168 pages! Signed by B. Clay Moore & Tony Harris, with a one-of-a-kind sketch by Tony Harris drawn onto the bookplate.



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Hardcover, Two 8x11 high quality art prints, pin & vinyl sticker



Head Sketch by Tony Harris

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8.5 x 11, pencil, ink, greywash of any character of your choice!


Retailer Bundle - ALL COPIES SIGNED

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3 Hardcovers at 50% off retail pricing. All copies signed by Moore & Harris. In order to qualify for this reward, you must be able to provide proof that you are a retailer upon request.


Retailer Bundle + In-store signing event!

25 Hardcovers at a special discount (shipping included) + Tony and Clay in-store signing (travel expenses to be sorted later)


Tip Jar

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Support this project and earn our gratitude!


Add ons are only available once you have selected at least one Primary Reward listed above.


Whistling Skull Coffin Box!

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1 of 7 in existence. 13x7x4.5. Hand constructed, painted and weathered by Tony Harris. Tony has one, Clay has one, 4 went to DC editorial, and this one remains. Was originally made to house the original series pitch containing Clay text pieces, series overview, props and trinkets hand made by Tony related to the property. It will have Tony's signature.


Two Art Prints

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Two 8 x 11 high quality giclees. Scroll down to PRINTS / SKETCHES to see in greater detail


Pin & Vinyl Sticker

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3 x 3, Skull Logo



Head Sketch by Tony Harris

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8.5 x 11, pencil, ink, greywash of any character of your choice!


In a remote village in Switzerland, the townsfolk face a terrible threat. People keep disappearing without warning or explanation, and the authorities are powerless to help. But the secret organization known as the Skeleton is aware that something sinister is going on, and they've dispatched their top agents to investigate: the eerie crimefighter known as the Whistling Skull!
With his assistant Knuckles at his side, the Skull can draw on the benefits of decades of crimefighting to uncover what's happening in the village. But this is not the same hero who went on all of those adventures. The last Whistling Skull disappeared after fighting side-by-side with the heroes of his generation, and though his predecessor has the memories and skills of every man who has come before him...he's never been on a mission before.
Can the new Whistling Skull prevail when faced with pure evil? Or will the horrors that were inflicted on the village soon spread to the entire world?


From an Entertainment Weekly review:
The Whistling Skull is at once a throwback to pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s (think Doc Savage and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels) and a witty, grim and poignant tale.
The Whistling Skull and his sidekick, Knuckles, are actually William Massey and Nigel Singleton, Brit boyhood friends who’ve grown up to fight Nazis and other criminals in 1940s Europe. Tony Harris, who has done such marvelous artwork on books including DC’s Starman, is superb (along with colorist Dave McCaig) at conjuring up foggy menace, using dark greens, grays, and sallow yellows as his primary colors to (barely) illuminate figures drawn with lantern jaws and thick bristly eyebrows of determination.
B. Clay Moore’s script has The Whistling Skull roaming Europe driving a gigantic Art Deco auto dubbed The Battlewagon. Skull and Knuckles out of costume are like creations born of a cross between Arthur Conan Doyle and P.G. Wodehouse. The mysteries are well thought-out; the humor is boisterous; the crime-fighting is bone-crunching.


***These characters were originally brought into the DC Comics universe through the JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull series, but the story has been tweaked for this Zoop campaign by Moore and Harris, re-establishing the world of the Whistling Skull (and Knuckles) as originally intended.


For this new collection, we've added some brand new characters, dialogue and lettering, and original series colorist Dave McCaig tweaked the color to guarantee the art leaps off the page the way we want it to when printed! Check it out:





Prints / Sketches

Two 8x11 Art Prints


Sample Head Sketches by Tony Harris:

Cover Process

Tony Harris describes how he created a brand new cover for this collection:


"I started with my 2 models in full costume and we did a very involved photo shoot. I had a really clear idea for what i wanted to achieve, so it was really about the lighting, props and “The Gag”. We shot until i felt everything was spot on. Then i produced a detailed drawing working out any problems in the composition and infusing the character’s personality into the illustration. Then, after coating illustration board with grey gesso I could blow up my drawing to 20x 30 and transfer to the board. Then i moved onto tightening up the drawing adding in all the darks and blacks and airbrushing all the color with transparent acrylic paint. And completing the art with color pencils for all the medium and lighter tones and a final pass for absolute whites and special effects, before sealing with a matte varnish."



B. Clay Moore is a comic book writer who first achieved notoriety as the writer and co-creator of Hawaiian Dick, first published in 2002 by Image Comics. Since then, he has co-created Battle Hymn with Jeremy Haun, The Expatriate with Jason Latour for Image Comics and The Leading Man, also with Jeremy Haun, for Oni Press. Moore has also written for Marvel, DC, Slave Labor Graphics, Top Cow, Archie, Lion Forge, Devil's Due and Viz, among others.


Tony Harris is a comic book artist, known for his work on series such as StarmanIron Man and Ex Machina. He has been nominated for nineteen Eisner Awards and has won two -- in 1997 for Best Penciller/Inker Team (with Wade Von Grawbadger) for Starman, and in 2005 for Best New Series (with Brian K Vaughan and Tom Fesiter) for Ex Machina.

Stretch Goals


Example of Tony Harris' comprehensive notes and rough sketches (perfect for 'process junkies'!)


Zoop will be working closely with the creators to make sure everything stays as on schedule as possible and rewards get delivered in timely manner. All of the files are ready for print, including the pages that were tweaked to remove the DC characters that were in the book's previous iteration. We plan on getting all of the post-campaign data & pledges sorted in late December, and then heading to the printers at the very beginning of 2023. Printing and shipping should take around three to four months from that point, so delivery of rewards is expected to be done around May 2023.


The pandemic has shown that certain conditions are simply out of anybody’s hands. However, Zoop will always be here to communicate with backers should any delays occur, if there’s confusion about delivery, or if any other concerns pop up.


1 month ago

Great Finish!


Thank you everyone for that final push! We finished strong and are talking to printers already about next steps. In the meantime, we're charging everyone's cards and will be addressing any special cases over the next week. Thanks again, and can't wait to get this book made for you!

1 month ago

Final Day!


It's the final 24 hours of the campaign and it's been an amazing finale! All three stretch goals have now been unlocked, adding 36 pages of additional backmatter material! This is the definitive edition of this out-of-print classic -- not just restoring the original vision of the creators but also including a lot of behind-the-scenes material!

This is also your last chance to add Tony Harris sketches to your order -- we've moved that Add-on into the Rewards section for easier access. So go grab one while they're still available -- only 7 left out of 25!

Thanks everyone for your support, and let's finish strong!

1 month ago

Cover Gallery stretch goal unlocked!


We're entering into the homestretch now and are picking up some nice momentum. Yesterday the 2nd stretch goal - adding a cover gallery to the backmatter of the book - was unlocked! We're not too far from the 3rd stretch goal, which would add another 8 pages of backmatter. When all is said & done, this book is gonna look pretty bad-ass!

Also, because there were some return supporters looking to add Tony Harris sketches to their order, we've moved that Add-on into the Rewards section for easier access. So go grab one while they're still available -- only 9 left out of the 25 he made available!

Thanks everyone for your support, and let's finish strong!

1 month ago

First Stretch Goal Down!


Congrats! We passed the $15k mark, so that means 22 extra pages will be added to the backmatter of the book with Tony's Comprehensive Notes.

Here's the first of four videos that he recently posted giving you a closer look at all of that cool extra material:


2 months ago

Updated Stretch Goals


OK we've added more specifics to the Stretch Goals section. Check out those notes and sketches that can be added to the back of the book if we reach the first one!

2 months ago

Great First Day!


Thanks you to all of the supporters that came out on Day 1 to get us off to a great start! By popular demand, we've added some more remarques by Tony. We're approaching funding, and would appreciate everyone's help in spreading the word so we can start aiming for some stretch goals.

Check out Clay & Tony's socials for announcements about various podcasts that they're appearing on to promote the book:



In the meantime, here's a page from the book that Clay just posted that we especially love:


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If I purchase rewards and then want to make changes to that purchase later on in the campaign, what is the process?

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What's the idea behind the Rewards and Add-Ons? Can I get both?

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Can I get more than 1 item?

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